This weekly feature is a round-up, in conjunction with our friend Tim over at Cool Material, of the hot new products appearing online this week. From fashion tips to cool gadgets and gear, take a look at your new obsessions.
Draftsman Scale Watch
The first watch, Scale, takes its cues from those calibrated rulers by printing the markers on the crystal itself rather than the face. That whole setup is housed in a brushed stainless case and then attached to either a black leather (with white or black face) or brown leather (with brown face) strap. They remind us of offerings from Uniform Wares, except with actual numbers, the crystal printing and a relocated crown.
Quick Release Carabiners
The first, most important, thing you need to know about the new line of carabiners from Handgrey is that they’re individually cut from Grade 5 Titanium. This is all done with EDM (Electric Discharge Machining, not that other EDM) wire cutting technology that is, quite frankly, way above our heads. We’re always wary about people biting off more than they can chew when it comes to Kickstarter projects, but Thanasit Inkavesvaanit has a proven track record with these projects. You’ve probably already decided that you want one of these, now you just have to decide between the slender H1, the curved H3 or the wide H4.
Filson Classic Black Bags
For 117 years, Filson has been crafting quality goods designed to stand up to Mother Nature’s wrath. Whether that meant tossing one on your back to hunt for gold when C.C. Filson started the company, or grabbing one before hopping the pond for a little excursion nowadays, the brand’s always had you covered. Their latest series of bags takes some of their popular models and decks them out in an all black motif. Each of the bags from the 72 Hour Briefcase to the Oil Finished Duffle are built to be water-resistant and extremely rugged.
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Anchor Pocket Knife
We were lucky enough to snag a batch of these Anchor Pocket Knives at a crazy good price the other day. Let’s just say we know a guy who knows a guy. Now we’re going to blow them all out and pass the savings on to you. Each costs just $13 but when they’re gone, they’re gone. We’ve also tossed in a waxed leather lanyard so you can attach the knife to your gear. It’s a one time deal, so we’d recommend grabbing one before we run out.
LaMetric Digital Dashboard
What if you want to know about upcoming calendar appointments, important emails, workouts, social media mentions, when your dog’s outside, or RSS updates? Thanks to its uniquely hackable and customizable software, LaMetric does all of that and more. The 3″ x 9″ package houses an 8×8 block of color pixels for icons and pictures and a a 29×8 block of white pixels for actual information. Navigation between your “tickers” is also easy thanks to the buttons on top, and configuring the display is as simple as launching the app and deciding what you want to know about. If the project raises enough money on Kickstarter you’ll also be able to listen to Internet radio and combine multiple LaMetrics for a longer display.
SYNEK is a clever device that allows you to bring home fresh beer and put it on tap in your house. All you have to do is get the bags filled at a brewery or store and drop them in the SYNEK and connect them. The bags maintain carbonation so you can switch them out when you feel like without fear of your beer going flat. Some breweries are sticklers about what types of growlers they’ll fill, so our only fear is you won’t be able to get your SYNEK bags filled everywhere, but with heavy hitters like The Bruery, Funky Buddha, and others already on-board, the future looks promising.
Kesito Desktop Organizer
The Kesito Desktop Organizer is one of the most versatile desktop organization solutions we’ve ever seen. You’re not bound to separate business card holders, pen holders, junk trays and notepads because the system is built around three diamond shaped pieces, with different purposes, that you can arrange in whatever configuration makes the most sense for you. Each of the pieces is made of solid pine and serves a different purpose. The yellow piece is for smartphones or business cards (yours and the ones you’ve collected from other people). The natural piece is outfitted with a bunch of holes for pens and pencils. The black piece is one large container for an eraser, paper clips, push pins and any other piece of office paraphernalia you need a place for.
Phone Cable Carabiner
We could spend an entire week talking about the plethora of mobile charging options on the market for your iPhones, iPads, Androids, Windows Phones and everything else you might carry around that charges with a Micro USB or Lightning cable. Eventually, even the biggest battery is going to require getting plugged into the wall because it’s out of juice. In other words, you need a cable at some point anyway. The new NomadClip is a short Lighting or Micro USB, paired with a standard USB end for the wall or your laptop, hidden cleverly inside of a carabiner made of engineering-grade polycarbonate and high grade steel. You don’t even have to take your keys off the thing when you need juice